I came back down to earth with last week’s college basketball gambling column going just 1-5, including a tough break losing the Providence/Marquette under in overtime. However, we still have a winning record going, and look to get back on track Tuesday with a healthy dose of struggling teams looking to get back to their winning ways at home.
Year to Date Record: 8-7
Pittsburgh (+5.5) vs. Louisville, 7:00 p.m. ACCN
The Panthers are coming off an ugly performance at Miami that was plagued with turnovers and poor shooting, but they are a much different team at home and already boast an upset win over Florida State. I like Pitt to get back on track and give the Cardinals a tough time in the Peterson Events center.
VCU (+8) at Dayton, 8:00 p.m. CBSSN
The Rams got caught looking ahead to this game on Saturday, losing at home to Rhode Island as a heavy favorite. However, they’ll be ready for this monster matchup and are one of the few teams in the A10 that has the depth and athleticism to contain Dayton stars Obi Toppin and Jalen Crutcher.
Kansas State (+3.5) vs. Texas Tech, 8:00 p.m. ESPN+
The Wildcats are still searching for their first Big 12 win, and beating the defending national runner ups won’t be easy. However, I like how Kansas State matches up with the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has not shot the ball well lately, and Kansas State has the athletes and defensive ability to make life tough for the Tech shooters and gut out an ugly win.
Mississippi State (-4) vs. Missouri, 8:00 p.m. SECN
There’s some great value on Mississippi State in this spot, as recency bias has this line a lot closer than it should be. The Bulldogs are 0-3 in the SEC and haven’t been able to close out games against really good teams, but catch Missouri in a letdown spot following their upset over Florida on Saturday. Take the more talented Bulldogs to right the ship with a win at home.
Virginia Tech/Wake Forest over 138.5, 9:00 p.m. ACCN
I like this over for a couple of reasons pertaining to Wake Forest- the Demon Deacons don’t play a whole lot of defense, and they shoot the ball much better at home. Virginia Tech will look to play up tempo as well, all factors that should contribute to a shootout in Winston-Salem.
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